GOING MODULAR

How modularisation is transforming plant design and build While Industry 4.0 continues to revolutionise the way manufacturing and processing plants operate, many businesses are also looking at how the design and build of a facility can be accomplished more efficiently. Here, Dave Friar, International Operations Director at engineering solutions provider Boulting Group, explores the concept of modularisation and how it is transforming the design and build process both at home and overseas. Modularisation is not a new concept. In fact, many plants have been using it to reduce the complexity of internal systems for many years. However, more and more plant managers are now exploring the model as

CUSTOMISED UMBILICAL WINCHES FROM MACARTNEY FOR COMPLEX OFFSHORE CABLE PROJECTS

Trenching umbilical winches for deployment of underwater equipment to be used with various cable types and allowing for both ‘over’- and ‘under’- spooling of the cable. Greek Assodivers Underwater Contractors have taken delivery of two MERMAC winches from MacArtney: one 19.5 ton AHC (active heave compensation) winch and one 6 ton umbilical winch. These winches form part of a project relating to Denmark’s biggest offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak located in a shallow area in the Baltic Sea between Denmark, Sweden and Germany. The AHC winch is intended to relocate huge stones from the seafloor, and the umbilical winch is to be used for pulling a cable plough. Electric AHC winch solutions are of

AQUA-TOOLS TO URGE TANKER OWNERS TO ASSESS TREATED BALLAST WATER

Water microbiology expert aqua-tools will present a paper to Asian tanker owners on the importance of taking onboard analysis of ballast waters in verifying system performance and compliance with the Ballast Water Management Convention. Carine Magdo, aqua-tools’ Business Development Manager, will explain the differences between indicative and detailed analysis methods, outlining the optimum approach to sample taking and water testing. “The tanker segment is one of the main investors in ballast water treatment technologies, yet there is little information explaining how the convention’s requirements will be effectively policed. This is a major problem,” says Magdo. “With most tanker operators

HILL DICKINSON WINS MARITIME PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD

International commercial law firm Hill Dickinson has won the Maritime Professional Services Award at the 2018 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards. The awards dinner was hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin on Thursday 8 March with the key note speech provided by Eoin Mac Aoidh, a Policy Expert at the European Commission. Legal Director Colin Lavelle and Senior Associate Rachel Hoyland from the firm’s shipping team collected the award at Anfield Stadium, the home of Liverpool Football Club, where more than 400 people gathered together to celebrate the achievements of the region’s maritime sector, which employs more than 28,000 people. Commenting on the win, Colin Lavelle said: “The MM

2G ROBOTICS LAUNCHES NOVA, NEW LED STROBE PANEL

2G Robotics, a global leader in underwater laser scanners and imaging solutions for the Offshore Energies, Geosciences and Defense industries, is proud to announce the launch of its new LED Strobe Panel, named the NOVA. Providing ultrabright and even illumination, the NOVA enables users to capture crisp stills images on even the fastest of AUVs. Based on the proven RAY single LED currently being used for marine research and offshore energy inspections, the NOVA combines 36 LEDs to produce the brightest lighting solution on the market with a powerful 450 000 Lumen output. Kongsberg Maritime was integral to the development of the product and have purchased 4 units to be used for applications i

ASHTEAD BOOSTS RENTAL FLEET WITH £2.8M INVESTMENT

Global subsea equipment specialist, Ashtead Technology, has invested £2.8m in new technology over the past month in response to anticipated market demand. The company, which now has the largest rental fleet in the world has stocked up with core survey, imaging, mapping and positioning systems from a range of industry suppliers including Teledyne, Sonardyne, R2Sonic, EdgeTech and Geometrics, in order to fully support customer projects. The announcement follows the recent completion of Ashtead’s joint venture with Forum Energy Technologies, creating the industry’s leading independent provider of subsea survey and ROV equipment rental services. The combined business, trading as Ashtead Technolo

FORUM ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES NEW XLE SPIRIT

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced the launch of its new electric remotely operated vehicle (EROV) range. Designed and manufactured in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside Yorkshire facility, the XLe Spirit is the company’s first of a new generation of electric ROV’s. The vehicle is the smallest in the new range but is powerful enough to perform subsea maintenance and repair work with the use of its optional electric or hydraulic five function manipulator arm. The vehicle’s self regulating power feature compensates for tether losses ensuring a constant and stable power delivery to the vehicle regardless of tether length. It uses the same advanced Forum Integrated Control Engine (ICE++)

TRANSVAC UTILISES WASTE ENERGY TO RECOVER FLARE GAS ON MAJOR NORWEGIAN PLATFORM

Background Reduction in flaring volumes is a major target for all offshore facilities operating in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) area. The main aims are to avoid wasting valuable energy and reduce the environmental impact of harmful emissions and greenhouses gases such as carbon dioxide. For many new facilities, a zero-flare approach is being taken. For existing facilities, retrofitting of flare gas recovery systems is being implemented to minimise the amount of normal flaring. Solution An opportunity was identified on an existing Norwegian platform where production rates have declined over time, leading to spare capacity in a gas compression chain which was being operated on a high

AQUABOTIX PARTNERS WITH WATER LINKED TO INTEGRATE ROVS WITH ENHANCED UNDERWATER GPS

UUV Aquabotix Ltd has recently announced a partnership with Norwegian technology supplier Water Linked AS. As part of the partnership, Aquabotix will integrate the Water Linked Underwater GPS system with its Endura ROV (remotely operated vehicle). This will enable greater underwater positioning for Aquabotix across a wide range of applications, including tank and hull inspections, fish farm exploration and search and recovery missions. “Water Linked and Aquabotix share a common mission to make underwater missions easier and more effective. As a technology leader that’s disrupting underwater acoustics through performance, price and physical size, we’re confident that Water Linked’s enhanced p

BOLT SECURITY – COMBINED, EFFICIENT, SAFE

With dropped objects a constant potential hazard ensuring bolt security is critical and with the one piece design of the HEICOLOCK ® Wedge Lock Nut securing bolted joints, even in the most demanding of applications, is more efficient and safe. The HEICO-LOCK® Wedge Lock Nut incorporates the proven bolt security technology of the HEICO-LOCK® Wedge Locking Washers with a flanged nut. The key to the effectiveness of this system is the pair of wedge locking washers. The washers have wedge shaped cams on the inside surface and radial teeth on the outside. Tightening of the nut creates a ‘gripping’ action of the external radial teeth of the washers thus seating the mating surface. The wedge angle

48-HOUR MOBILISATION PUTS GEE-FORCE IN FRONT

Leading bolting specialist Gee-Force Hydraulics mobilised its largest equipment order within 48 hours to be top choice for an urgent offshore job. The Great Yarmouth-based company’s quote for a leading pipeline services company beat two competitors for its biggest single hire of pipeline services equipment. Managing Director Graeme Cook said much of the equipment needed had already been on the company’s shelves. "The equipment requirement involved a significant amount of hydraulic torque equipment, deepwell impact sockets, hydraulic tensioning equipment, hydraulic flange spreading equipment and portable machining equipment. From initial enquiry to potential mobilisation we had just 48 hours.

STATE OF THE ART WELDING SERVICES FOR THE ATOLL PROJECT

Serimax, the Vallourec subsidiary specialised in welding, successfully completed its mission on Subsea 7’s offshore vessel, Seven Borealis. The Atoll field is one of the massive gas reservoirs discovered of the coast of Egypt. The Atoll Development project was awarded to Serimax in late 2016, following the successful delivery of the East Nile Delta project (600 welds). Welding qualifications for the new project began in Serimax’s workshops, in the north of Paris, in early February 2017, and lasted just under four months. Thanks to intensive testing and preparation before launching, Serimax was ready for the challenges on-board the state-of-the-art Seven Borealis pipelaying vessel. Serimax’s

Wärtsilä Acquires Transas To Accelerate Its Smart Marine Ecosystem Vision

The technology group Wärtsilä is to acquire Transas, a global company headquartered in the UK. The move will speed Wärtsilä along its path towards its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision. Established in 1990, Transas is a global market leader in marine navigation solutions that include complete bridge systems, digital products and electronic charts. The company is also a leader in professional training and simulation services, ship traffic control, as well as monitoring, and support. Transas leverages the latest in machine learning and AI to create a unified cloud-based platform for managing operations across the entire marine ecosystem. Transas’ current annual net sales are in the region of EUR 1

ROVTECH SOLUTIONS DESIGNS BENDER RCM TECHNOLOGY INTO ITS UNDERWATER VEHICLES

Remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) designed by Rovtech Solutions are enabled with Bender’s Residual Current Monitor (RCM) for advanced warning of potentially damaging water ingress. The Rovtech Nano Seaker ROV has been designed to work in arduous environments including highly radioactive storage ‘ponds’ on nuclear sites. They are also commissioned for use in lakes and reservoirs to help with underwater search tasks and surveying of underwater structures and containment tanks. Weighing in at just 15 kilograms Nano Seeker is primarily designed as a camera platform giving a live feed back to the operator but it can also be equipped with a manipulator claw, and with sonar to enhance its

SUBSEA HOOK: AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO SAFE SUBSEA LIFTING OPERATIONS

Lifting and lowering of loads in subsea operations is one of the most common tasks required in the whole life cycle of an offshore oil and gas field. During the drilling, field development, and production phases, everything used and deployed underwater needs to be transported, handled, installed, and – when required – removed for maintenance, repair, and replacement. Equipment and tools need to be carried down to the seabed and lifted back to the surface when the work is done. All this requires the use of reliable and safe riging equipment, such as slings, hooks, and lifting attachments (shackles, eyebolts, pad eyes, etc.). Normally a hook provides the immediate connection between the crane’

MULTINATIONAL SERBIAN ENERGY COMPANY SELECTS DEKRA ORGANISATIONAL RELIABILITY TO HELP IMPROVE SAFETY

DEKRA Organisational Reliability, a global partner for a safe world, announced today a three year partnership with Naftna industrija Srbije (NIS), Serbia’s largest multinational energy companies, to implement a new Health and Safety strategy based on cultural change. DEKRA Organisational Reliability first began working with NIS in 2016 when they requested a Culture of Care Diagnostic® to assess their existing safety culture. The new, three year partnership will work to implement the recommendations from the 2016 Diagnostic. The scope of work includes DEKRA Leadership Workshops, Frontline Worker Engagement Workshops, onsite coaching and a governance team. “We are extremely pleased to continue

NEW SPRING DATES ANNOUNCED FOR SNOW HIT SOUTHERN NORTH SEA EVENT SNS2018

The biggest energy exhibition and conference in the east of England, which fell victim to heavy snow and treacherous travel conditions recently, will be re-run in May 2018. Directors of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) voted unanimously to stage the annual two-day event that focuses on the Southern North Sea, SNS2018, again on May 16 and 17 2018 at the Norfolk Showground, it was recently announced. More than 1,200 delegates from around the UK and overseas had booked to attend the event, themed Collaboration, Innovation and Rejuvenation, on February 28 and March 1, when the Beast from the East hit, forcing the decision to cancel the programme in the interests of safety. Feedback from

SMART BOLTING INNOVATIONS FROM OEM HTL GROUP AT OTC

Global OEM, HTL Group, are bringing 100% British made smart bolting innovations to OTC this year. Located on the UK pavilion (Stand 1639- A), the HTL team will showcase their new embedded RFID Tooling. The inclusion of RFID technology gives the opportunity for clients to develop their own automated systems that communicate directly with HTL Tools for identification, tracking and traceability. This has numerous applications including asset management, tool authentication as well as many other limitless capabilities. Also demonstrated will be HTL’s calibration and test system; i-Calibrate. Utilising QR codes fixed onto tooling, Smart Bolting Innovations From OEM HTL Group at OTC i-Calibrate en

ESI TECHNOLOGY LTD - SUBSEA SOLUTIONS

ESI Technology was established in 1985 and specialises in the design and manufacture of high quality pressure transducers and transmitters incorporating our superior Silicon-on- Sapphire sensor technology (SOS). Oil, gas & subsea applications have become a speciality of the company. The ability of ESI to meet specialist requirements for the subsea market can be illustrated by the evolution of PR3913 control valve pressure transmitter. ESI was approached by a manufacturer of Subsea Control Modules (SCM) with a very demanding specification. Pressure transmitters are required to be installed into SCM’s which are devices that are used to monitor and control valve functions on the sea-bed (valve

OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE ATTRACTS TOP INFLUENCERS IN THE ENERGY SECTOR TO CELEBRATE 50TH EVENT

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) celebrates its 50th edition this year on 30 April–3 May at NRG Park in Houston. This milestone event brings together global executives, government officials, scientists and engineers, investors, and top buyers to share cutting-edge technology, expertise and products. In the summer of 1969, Houston launched two powerful and enduring legacies —the inaugural OTC and Apollo 11. Over the past five decades, both OTC and the space program have increased their global prominence and prestige. To commemorate its 50th edition, OTC plans a year-long celebration. “Houston is known globally to be the city where technology was born, and OTC is proud to call Houston

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